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Best Tunic?
Hello all<br>
Iam in the throws of attempting to find out what the 'well dressed' 2nd Century civilian would be wearing in Romano Britain.<br>
Most of the time I grub about in a dirty white off the shoulder tunic whilst black smithing, but I have decided to present a little more 'bling' in these coming years with a 'Sunday best' but I have no real idea what was worn etc .... could anyone help a wannabe smart person witha few pointers to info as I really have no idea<br>
All the best <p>Graham Ashford<br>
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There is a book from Univ of Wisconsin Press that is still in print, Larissa Bonafante is one of the contributors. There is also Dr. Goldman's "Lets Wrap" video from the Americal Classical society. <p>Legio XX <br>
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Richard Campbell
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A.T. Croom 'Roman Clotrhing and Fashion' is a good starting point. If you can get your hands on it, there was an article by John Peter Wild on Clothing in the western Provinces (published in 1968 in the Bonner Jahrbuecher, but in English).<br>
Owning a 'Gallic coat' seems reasonable enough. A nicely comfortable, wide, sleeved tunic often worn unbelted. A recovered (female) type from France had a plaid pattern. A male tunic of this type was recovered from a bog near Reepsholt in NW Germany in the 30s. While it was thought, at the time, to originate from 'Free' Germany, it is now often thought of as Gallo-Roman. The publication happened in Germany in 1942 (Prähistorische Zeitschrift 32/33 (1941/2), pp. 339 ff.) so getting your hands on it is hard, but basically it was a one-piece woven tunic, 1.80m from sleevetip to sleevetip, about calf-length, made from finely woven, natural-colour wool, sewn along the sides with wool thread. The neck opening is straight, cut and hemmed in wioth woolen thread, and the cuffs and neck are decorated with a tablet-woven band thought to originally have been red. You could get lucky if you google 'Reepsholt', but I had to get the stuff through ILL in the end.<br>
Statuary indicates this was often worn with a paenula-like clape design (which is variously referred to as 'Gallic cape', cuculla or caracallus by modern authors). <p></p><i></i>
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